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Old 05-01-2007, 01:23 PM   #1
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Okay, just spoke with my dealer, and he suggested upgrading to a 15k unit. He says, that the 30' Wildcat should be cooled efficiently with a larger unit. I asked about going to a second unit, and he told me that I would have to also upgrade to 50 amp. Cheaper to go to the bigger unit. SO now, we have the question, will the 15k ducted unit cool enough to keep the pets comfortable? I do realize that where we park will have alot to do with the effectiveness of the cooling, but sometimes, just sometimes, it is hot everywhere...
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Old 05-01-2007, 01:23 PM   #2
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Okay, just spoke with my dealer, and he suggested upgrading to a 15k unit. He says, that the 30' Wildcat should be cooled efficiently with a larger unit. I asked about going to a second unit, and he told me that I would have to also upgrade to 50 amp. Cheaper to go to the bigger unit. SO now, we have the question, will the 15k ducted unit cool enough to keep the pets comfortable? I do realize that where we park will have alot to do with the effectiveness of the cooling, but sometimes, just sometimes, it is hot everywhere...
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Old 05-01-2007, 05:25 PM   #3
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Quiet frankly,the upgrade from a 13,500 BTUH unit to a 15,000 BTUH is only 8.5% increase in capacity. This is not much of step up, but it is a step up.

We had a 31' class C and it only had 1 A/C. I believe it was a 15000 BTUH unit and it was marginal in really hot weather.

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Old 05-01-2007, 07:13 PM   #4
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With a name like iceman, I better listen to you when it comes to air conditioning. Seriously, I think we will go to the 15k and take precautions such as cooling earlier in the morning to give it a head start, and keeping everything dark as possible and buttoned up.
We will also run a fan to keep the air moving.
My biggest concern is the trip to San Francisco and then to the Grand Canyon before coming home to New Mexico. Our trip will take us north through Colorado, to Wyoming and South Dakota, then Montana and then down to Yellowstone. We will spend two weeks at South Lake Tahoe, and two weeks at San Jose before our southern turn.
This starts in July, and ends in early Sept.
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Old 05-01-2007, 08:18 PM   #5
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You don't necessarily need 50 amp for a second a/c. Many people install a 2nd a/c in the bedroom area and just run the power cord to the basement or similar area. Then all you do is use an extension cord and plug into the 20 amp at the campground post. That way you could run both a/c's at the same time.
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Old 05-01-2007, 11:08 PM   #6
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Buckeyes,
As stated in your previous post, check for gaps around the fan area of your A/C unit. Also, pull one of the directional covers from a vent and inspect it to see if there is a gap between the vent housing and the ductwork.

If one is like this, then there's a good chance all are and you could be loosing major cooling into the ceiling. Use 1 1/2" wide strips of aluminum tape(not duct tape), lay these over from the vent housing into the duct to seal these gaps.

Also use a mirror and flashlight to verify that the ends of your ducts are properly sealed; if not you can use minimal expanding foam (door/window) to seal off the duct right past the last vent.

I've read on another forum that this has helped tremedously to improve the cooling in some units. Unfortunantely, I have not had the time to make these mods, yet. First thing on my list when I return home though.
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we spent several days removing the registers and sealing all the gaps
buy good duct tape the aluminum foil type with the peel release backing
we found most of the duct register cut outs were blowing cld air into the attic space. and like was mentioned the a/c itself was barley sealed up ...i could see outside when i removed the inside grill ....take your time and spend a few hrs tidying up the stuff that should have been sealed to start.
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Another vote for taking the grills off and looking. On our KZ, it didn't seem to cool good at all. In fact, it really didn't blow much air at all, yet one of the boys said he liked his bunk becasue the light fixture on the ceiling was blowing cold air. Hmmm.

After a quick inspection, we found the grills had an extension that went all the way up against the top of the duct box, so no little air could actually get out of them. We had to trim the depth of them down. probably should have been done on the assembly line, but wasnt. Also, the ere was a gap between the ceiling and the bottom of the duct box. All of the air was going into the ceiling, which explains the light fixture issue.

Some good metal tape sealed the gap, and a quick trim of the registers made the system work right. Now it is ice cold, which is the only way you'd want it in Texas in August.
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If you go with the second a/c you will probably be happier in the long run. Camping World sells a switch thingee (Yeah, I am real technical) that will cycle the 2 a/c's so you are never running both of them at the same time, but you are getting the benefit of running both a/c's.

I dont remember what it is called but call them and they should be able to tell you.
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I think it's called a "load management system" so you can safely run two A/C units on a 30A circuit. Our last 5er was pre-wired for the 2nd A/C, and it had a ceiling mounted 3-way switch powering each A/C unit(one at a time) instead of a load management system. The wiring would need to be installed during assembly for the 2nd A/C unit. Otherwise the added wiring must be fished across through the roof then down the wall, which is not possible with a vacu-bonded wall.
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I have an Alfa with the floor duct system and not sure of the size of the unit used same as the park models. Once it hits 95+ in Phoenix forgetabout. Have planed to add a second unit in the roof vent in the bedroom.

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Update on the air conditioner. We upgraded to the 15k before leaving for Tombstone, and it worked great. Days were hot, upper 90's and we had NO problem keeping cool. Thanks for all of your responses, this site really helps.<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by buckeyes:
Okay, just spoke with my dealer, and he suggested upgrading to a 15k unit. He says, that the 30' Wildcat should be cooled efficiently with a larger unit. I asked about going to a second unit, and he told me that I would have to also upgrade to 50 amp. Cheaper to go to the bigger unit. SO now, we have the question, will the 15k ducted unit cool enough to keep the pets comfortable? I do realize that where we park will have alot to do with the effectiveness of the cooling, but sometimes, just sometimes, it is hot everywhere... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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Not sure where to ask this question...can't use A/C..but have been told about this product...Fan-tastic Fan..has anyone any advice about this or anyone have any experience with it. Need to know soon.
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Fantastic fans are exactly that, fantastic. They run on 12 volts, certain models can either pull air into the trailer or blow air out, some are thermostatically controlled and some have a rain sensor that will shut the lid if it starts raining. I would highly recommend one!!!!! No I don't work for them. JR
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